observethemamsSo this happened last week. Mothers Artists Makers presented our devised theatre piece in response to the play Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching towards the Somme by Frank McGuinness. Nearly 20 mother/artists on stage exploring the battleground of motherhood. The devising as well as the performing was experimental in that we attempted to do it with our children either involved in the early making of the work or on stage with us.

On a personal level, it was the fulfilment of a long held desire to act upon the stage of the Abbey theatre. I’ve tread the boards of many illustrious theatres but the Abbey has been renowned as a bit of closed shop. Being up there kind of broke the mental block I had about the place, infused me with a bit more confidence and reminded me once again how I am never more alive than when I’m acting.

It was a great privilege to work along side such a talented team of women and I look forward to what we are going to do next.

‘Mon the MAMs!